Saturday, August 20, 2011

Two weeks in Brookings comes to an end

We finished up our two weeks at the Habitat for Humanity Care-A-Vanner build in Brookings, SD.  We began each day gathering at the sign-in table for morning coffee, devotions, and getting our daily instructions.
We really like the folks on this build. Four years ago when we thought the RV lifestyle we thought about having good times with good people like these.

In addition to working all day, we frequently got together in the evening for a 'Mix and Munch'.  And we went out to eat together a couple of times.
The work here has been great.  We all felt like we contributed and we were all surprised at how fast the house went up.
After we got the walls up and the rafters on, most of our time the last week was spent on the roof and doing the siding.  Pam spent a lot of time on the chop saw.
Two weeks went fast but at the same time it seems like a long time ago from this:
To this:
This build has been one of the best we have participated in.  The local Habitat guys on site (Steve and Dave) were great.  They kept us moving in the right direction and were good teachers and patient with us.
A big plus on this job was the scaffolding.  It was a lot of work putting it up but it really helped.  The temporary fall protection around the facia was another great idea.

Last night we had one last dinner together and went the annual McCrory Garden Party a block away from the restaurant.  The Gardens have many beautiful plants and flowers and a place for plant research.
McCrory Gardens is said to be 65 acres of the most beautiful land in South Dakota.  It serves as an outdoor laboratory for students at South Dakota.  

Today, we move on about 50 miles down the road to Sioux Falls for a few days.

Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Until next time...


  1. Seeing the end of a project always feels rewarding. Good Job!

    We start one in RI on the 29th. Won't be making the NOMADS annual meeting. Are you?

  2. Another great "humanitarian" effort ends...You are to be applauded for your service.

  3. Looks like a really good build! You guys do such a great service while on the is a good mix af travel and service.
    Take care and safe travels.

  4. I have said it before & I'll say it again ~ you guys are very special people and I think you're wonderful!
    Enjoy and keep safe

  5. You amaze me and I'm sure you amaze everyone with your dedication and commitment to habitat....take are and safe travels...

  6. You are a wonderful inspiration for us to do this some time in the future when we stay longer in a spot. Great job and great people and a great cause.